Advice on moving children between homes

The latest set of official advice  includes the following statement: “Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.”

In the Scottish Parliament on 24th March, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I know there have been some questions about families who live apart. Children under 18 can continue to move between households but in doing so they should continue to observe hygiene and social distancing precautions.”

The Parent Club website produced by Scottish Government now includes the following statement as updated on 26th March:

What if my partner or ex-partner and I both look after our children but live in separate homes?

If you and your partner live in separate homes but take turns to look after your children, you can continue to do this. If there is a court order or formal agreement in place, you should try to stick to the arrangements it sets out. Further guidance will be issued by the Lord President on court ordered contact shortly.

If you have a more informal arrangement with your partner or ex-partner, you’ll need to discuss what’s best for your kids. When you’re travelling between homes, try to avoid public transport if you can and stay 2 metres away from other people. If it’s not possible to keep face to face contact you should try and maintain regular contact virtually using for example Face Time, WhatsApp or Skype.

Shared Parenting Scotland staff are available by phone or email to take enquiries, and we are holding online meetings as noted below.  Please try and remain calm when discussing arrangements for children with your ex-partner – the current emergency has put everybody under tremendous stress.